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American Idol Top 30 Includes Openly Gay Contestant

M.K. Nobilette

Season 13 of the nation’s number one singing competition American Idol is underway, and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. are narrowing down their top 30 with 15 boys and 15 girls.

During Wednesday night’s emotional show, several men and women made it through to the live shows, while many, sadly, were sent packing and told to try again next year. However, there was one unlikely girl, that was told she would be moving on, that may stir up some controversy for American Idol viewers.

20-year-old M.K. Nobilette made American Idol history, on February 12, as the first openly gay contestant to be put through to the top 30.

“I think with you it was kind of difficult because we all fell in love with your voice and your style, but you’re not the typical American Idol,” Lopez told Nobilette as she set through the final deliberation.

“And we wonder is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing?” Connick Jr. asked her. “Do we think it? Will America think it? All of these questions start coming up. How do you fit in? Do you not fit in?”

“I have my own thoughts on that too,” Nobilette replied. “What’s your thoughts on that?” Urban proceeded to asked.

I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.

“Thank goodness,” Connick Jr. said. “This is a tough day,” Lopez said. “The world is changing, I think. We think that you could be an American Idol, and we’d like you to be in our Top 15 girls.”

The other girls, who made it through last night, are Andrina Brogden, Bria Anai, Emily Piriz, Jessica Meuse, Jillian Jensen, Kristen O’Connor and Malaya Watson. The guys who are moving on are, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Emmanuel Zidor, George Lovett, Jordan Brisbane, Malcolm Allen, Maurice Townsend, Sam Woolf and Spencer Lloyd.

The fate of two men, Casey Thrasher and C.J. Harris, was left up in the air, as the show cut off before the judges revealed who would be continuing on to a chance at the next America Idol. After battling it out in the conference room, the television screen read: “To be continued.”

To find out who made it through, Thrasher or Harris, along with the rest of the top 30, tune in to American Idol tonight on Fox.

[Image via americanidol.com]

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